We have had a great time learning about Pop Art this afternoon. The children were inspired by Andy Warhol and created these masterpieces. Fantastic!
Alps class had a fantastic time at St Lukes School. They took part in a wonderful sports filled morning with many other schools and learnt archery, long jump, hurdles and much more! They behaved beautifully and were a credit to the school. Well done Alps class!
The summer garden party is on Friday and the children are very excited! This year Alps class are making friendship bracelets to help us with our fine motor skills and talk about new friendships that will happen in September. I am really proud of all their hard work and perseverance in making them!
The children in reception had a lovely afternoon with their friends from Little Dragons who will be joining them in Alps class in September. We had singing and signing time, story time and parachute games in the garden. Another transition afternoon will happen on Thursday afternoon. I would also like to thank all the parents of our new intake for their hospitality on our home visits last week.
Alps class have been looking at famous portraits and we concentrated on the Mona Lisa. We spent along time looking at our own faces in mirrors and celebrating how everyone has different coloured eyes, skin and hair. The children have begun to make some wonderful self portraits. We have also been listening to calm meditation music and practised some yoga movements to cool and calm down to during our hot summer weather.
The children have enjoyed tasting and making different foods from around Europe this week. They have made their own Italian pizzas and tried cuisine from France, Poland, Germany and Spain. I am proud of them all for trying at least one new food!
The children have really enjoyed growing fruit and vegetables this half term and have had some fantastic results. Their beans have grown so well and we have had beautiful strawberries grow outside in our tubs. We had a great afternoon treat of eating the strawberries as a class. We also had a lovely music session singing summer songs. Have a lovely weekend everyone and next week will be European week!
Alps class have been learning about Australia and New Zealand this week and have been focusing on the different animals and creatures that live there. We have had a wonderful art filled afternoon using paint and cotton buds to make pictures. Can you tell what they have painted?
I was so proud of every single child in Alps class on our annual Sports Day. They all gave 100% and the day was a great success. Well done Alps class!
Alps class had a fantastic school trip to Knightshayes National Trust Gardens and allotments today. I was extremely proud of their behaviour, manners and how they listened so well to the ladies who talked about seeds, herbs, plants and vegetables. We made seed heads out of tights, tasted different freshly picked herbs, identified various vegetables, fruits and herbs and saw wonderful willow weaved animals. After lunch we had lots of fun in the grounds. Thank you to the parents who helped and for the children of Alps class who made the trip so much fun!
Alps class have had a busy few days enjoying the sunny weather. The reception children joined with their new friends who will be in Alps class in September for a shared afternoon full of fun and parachute games. We have continued our growing topic and watering our herbs and strawberry plants. The year 1 children have been encouraged to read in places they find relaxing and enjoyed time reading in the trees and garden.
Welcome to Asian week! The children have had a wonderful time looking at traditional Chinese recipes and making a Chinese stir fry dish. They got to cut up all the ingredients, cook them in a wok and eat the stir fry! They had a fantastic time. We will be learning about the cultural differences between here and Asia, finding out which countries are in Asia and learning about their traditions.
Kye Kye Kule
We are very excited to let everyone hear our version of the African song 'Kye Kye Kule'.
We had such an exciting day today when a helicopter landed behind our school! We could not resist going to investigate. Today we have had a wonderful time watching clips of traditional Kenyan dancers and learning a dance routine. We played African instruments and learnt a traditional African song.
The children have really enjoyed their African day today. The year 1 children have been researching the continent using ICT, books and fact cards and writing a fact sheet. The children have loved reading their new books on festivals and celebrations across Africa and were treated to beautiful traditional dresses brought in by one of their class members. This afternoon we have made stunning African animal pictures using colour mixing and black card. They are simply amazing!
Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had an enjoyable half term. The children are now focusing their learning on our planet Earth and will be visiting a continent each week. This week is Africa. We have really enjoyed listening to some wonderful traditional African music and have been using our book of the week 'Handa's Surprise' to order the story and write about it in detail. The children in reception have been making traditional boats out of leaves in the water tray and making their own safari. In year 1 the children have been comparing school life between our school and one in Kenya.
I would like to thank all the parents and carers who could make today's open sharing morning to celebrate all their children's work from this half term. It was lovely to see all the children feeling so proud of all they have achieved. I would like to thank all parents for their continued support this term and wish everyone a happy, sunny and safe half term break. See you all on Tuesday 5th June!
Alps class really enjoyed revising all that we have learnt about planets in our fun and interactive parachute games. They used the different balls to talk about each planet and tell each other how much they have remembered. They used the red ball to be Mars, the blue to be Neptune etc. We used the parachute to represent the sun and each child helped to put the balls in order from Mercury to Neptune and rotate them in position. We even had some lovely parachute games too!
The children in reception met with some of their new friends who will be joining them in Alps class in September. We played outside together in the sunshine and learnt everyone's names. There will be lots more opportunities in the next 2 months.
To celebrate the royal wedding tomorrow Alps class have had our outdoor afternoon themed around the big day. We used nature to make royal crowns using flowers, petals, herbs and leaves. We thought they would make wonderful presents for the royal couple. Have a wonderful weekend Alps class and enjoy the wedding, the Devon County Show, the Exeter Chiefs match or just the sunshine!
In circle time today the children had a surprise that had appeared in my sticker box. They had to close their eyes and wait for the surprise. It contained the most special and loved thing to their parents, family and God. Here are their reactions. I hope they can tell you what was hidden in the box!
I am so excited to show you the artwork the children did today! The children have been learning about the artist Kadinsky and we thought his circle paintings looked just like the solar system. The children worked so hard to recreate his work using paints and we listened to Holst's Planet Suite whilst painting. It was a lovely afternoon.
Alps class finished the week off with a musical performance! Next week the children will be focusing on non-fiction texts about Space. We will continue learning about our solar system and the planets and we will be looking at fishes and animals that live in the sea. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Alps class have had a fantastic day today with some wonderful pastel and oil crayon art. We have been studying the painting 'Starry Night' by Van Gogh and have learnt techniques to recreate the picture. The pictures were fantastic! I would also like to thank Mr and Mrs Roles for bringing in turtles for our reptile and amphibian fortnight. The children really enjoyed learning about them.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Bank Holiday. It is amphibian week this week and the children enjoyed meeting some tadpoles today and learning about how they differ from reptiles. We continued to learn about our planet Earth and are moving onto Mars and Jupiter this week. Our literacy focus is around the books of Oliver Jeffers and we have been looking into fractions in numeracy.
Alps class have had a wonderful few days with Pippin the tortoise. We have been learning how to care for a reptile and have even given him as bath! The children have been having great fun doubling numbers, continuing our work on arrays and number recognition. The children have made the tortoise a home out of junk modelling and have been researching planets with our friends in class 3. Well done Alps class.
We have finished our papier mache planets and the children voted on having the Earth one put on the website. They all felt that was the planet they were most proud of! The children have been reading alien words this week. It will be a big tortoise day tomorrow where we will be handling him and learning about how to keep him healthy. See you all tomorrow.
It is reptile week and we have a special visitor! A tortoise will be spending the week with us and we will be learning how to look after him. We are all very excited!
We have had another fantastic week in Alps class. We have been using the book 'Whatever Next' to make alien space helmets using pipe cleaners (our fine motor skills) and the colanders. We have painted our planet, imaginary planets and been treated to a slide show in the role play area. The children have been using their shape knowledge to make rockets and the year 1 children have been learning simple multiplication and division using counters and dice. We finished the week with our certificate presentation. Well done Alps class- I am always proud of you!
An alien landed at our school last night and lost his eggs! The children were amazed at the letter we received telling us to hunt for the alien babies. The children rang Mr Westwood to tell him this exciting news.Alps class found the alien eggs and made them a safe shelter out of the sun. We even found astronaut food to try! The aliens inside the eggs were all different shapes, colours and sizes. The class worked so hard as a team and produced some wonderful writing later in the day. The aliens will safely return to their planet tonight. Well done Alps class!
Alps class finished a fantastic first week back with a lovely PE lesson outside. I have started a weekly certificate award ceremony and our first winners proudly received their certificates for friendship, progress in different areas and for helping others. We finished the week by starting our papier mache planets. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Alps class went on a mini-beast hunt this afternoon. We were very excited to find so many under rocks and stones. We looked for them around our school garden and grounds. It was great fun!
Welcome to the summer term! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday. The children are learning about 'Aliens and Space' and have already had a fantastic outdoor afternoon cooking alien slime (melted chocolate and marsh mellows), hunting for aliens with magnifying glasses and torches, making aliens using nature and painting aliens on rocks and stones. We are learning about our solar system all half term and have ordered the planets. In literacy we are using the book 'Aliens love Underpants' and are writing asking for our pants back. The aliens will write back using incorrect punctuation and spelling and we will have to help them write it correctly! In numeracy the children will be continuing to count in 2's, 5's and 10's and use number lines for addition and subtraction.
Have a wonderful Easter holiday Alps class. We had a great last day of term with our Easter service and the Easter parade. See everyone for a brilliant and fun filled Summer Term where we will be learning about Aliens and Space!
It is Spring and Easter week and the children have been having a wonderful time learning about how to look after chicks. We have been making chicks for our Easter service as well as learning about the Easter Story. The year 1 children have produced some wonderful art work using their colour mixing skills. Well done Alps class!
A music trio visited us today to play us wonderful music from around the world. We were involved in singing, dancing and learning about the different sounds of multi-cultural instruments. We are very grateful to them for the marvellous experience.
This week is 'Princess and the Pea' week. The children have loved making pea soup in the mud kitchen for the princess and making her bed in Lego and with crates and blankets outside. We have been supporting our fine motor skills with different ways to pick up the peas in our tuff tray. The children have been using beans left by Jack and the Giant to write words containing their phase 3 sounds. We have been practising our Easter service song too. A busy week!
The children had a wonderful World Book Day today. Thank you to all the parents and carers for the huge amount of effort taken into the costumes. They all looked fantastic! The children enjoyed stories from all the teachers and even had a costume parade!
The children had a wonderful science morning in the glorious sunshine. We went on a walk around our local community to use our five senses. We heard birds singing, felt trees and heard leaves crunching. We even visited the school kitchen for tasting and smelling!
Welcome to 'Sleeping Beauty' week. The children have had a wonderful afternoon outside creating natural art for the fairy tale characters. The children created mirrors decorated by nature for Sleeping Beauty and her princess friends. They were recognising the different types of trees, herbs and flowers in our environment. The children also made wands using twigs and sticks. They were using their fine motor skills to tie and attach the twigs together. They also made dream catchers for Sleeping Beauty to have 100 years of lovely dreams. A great day!
I am really proud of all of Alps class and the wonderful singing and signing they did today in our Mother's Day service. They performed 'You are my sunshine' so beautifully. Have a wonderful Mother's Day on Sunday to all the fantastic mummy's of children in Alps class.
Welcome back everyone after the snow! We have been using the snow to write recounts of the snow days in literacy and concentrate on punctuation. In numeracy we are continuing with counting on (reception) and place value (year 1). The children are busy preparing a little surprise for all their mummy's for Mother's Day. We have already enjoyed a music session with Mr M Taylor and have competed in the marathon today!
Jack and the Beanstalk news report.
Our year 1 children were amazed at our giant's visit and have written their own news reports for our school website. Well done Year 1's!
The giant from Jack and the Beanstalk has been to Alps class this weekend and left lots of clues! The children discovered muddy footprints, giant plates and cutlery, a letter and even a present of a beanstalk for us to keep. The visit has inspired wonderful beanstalk activities and work.
Alps class have been working hard in our literacy and numeracy sessions. The children have been having team races to see who can read the real and nonsense words the quickest while the reception children have been acting out our story of the week. In numeracy we have been using Dienes equipment to partition numbers into tens and ones.
Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful half term. This week we are focussing on 'The Three Little Pigs'. We are continuing our focus on prefixes and suffixes in Year 1 while the younger children will be writing phonetically correct simple sentences. We will be starting a science topic on senses and humans and animals. In our outdoor afternoon we had a wonderful time making fairy tale trolls and monsters using natural materials. We also made sun catchers to hang in our outdoor environment.
This week is 'Cinderella' week. The children are learning about granting wishes, writing invitations to the ball, making castles and magic wands and working on numbers one more and one less. This week we have already enjoyed working as a group to make a huge outdoor castle and had fun with phonics.
The year 1 children had great fun learning how to use the I-pad to take each others photographs, take selfies and download them from the I-pad to the computer and then print them out. Well done everyone!
Welcome to another exciting week in Alps class! Our focus will be 'The Gingerbread Man' and we will be looking at numbers to 20 and 100, story sequencing and using suffixes in our writing (year 1). Today we had another amazing visitor. The woodcutter from 'Little Red Riding Hood' came to tell his side of the story and have a question and answer session with the children. (A huge thank you to Mr Melling!) In the afternoon we continued our outside sessions with making bridges for the gingerbread man to cross the rivers safely, sewing felt gingerbread men and making gingerbread men sun catchers. It has been a great Monday.
Red Riding Hood was found in our garden!!! She was very upset and the children comforted her and asked her lots of wonderful questions. This has inspired some fantastic writing for our writing wall. I'm a very proud teacher.
The children loved our Red Riding Hood afternoon outside. We made hot chocolate, read stories, found Grandma's wool basket and measured lengths of wool that had covered our trees! The children learnt about deciduous and evergreen trees and made glittery ones using their twigs. We played What time is it Mr Wolf and went on a hunt for Grandma using clues and magnifying glasses.
The children finished the week with their first ukulele lesson with me. They did so well and I am very proud of them. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Our Year 1 children have been acting as news reporters and have retold the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
The reception children have been revising some of our sounds. We have made a video of these sounds to help the children practise at home. We have also been reading lots of words with those sounds in them. They are doing very well!
To support your child at home our book of the week is 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. We will be looking at measurement and capacity in numeracy, suffixes and story sequencing in literacy and our royal family in topic work. The children will be starting to learn a simple waltz in P.E and I will be teaching them about the ukulele in music. The week will be full of fairy stories and songs, all in British Sign Language.
Our first outdoor afternoon took place today based around the theme of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children created bears from our environment using leaves, twigs and mud. The teddy bears picnic focused on shape, number and pattern. We all went on a bear hunt using clues based around positional language and then finished the afternoon by making and eating porridge and reading fairy tales. We all had a great time!
Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you are all excited for the new term ahead. We have started our new term with lots of exciting and fun activities. The children have been writing to their pen friends, having amazing fun in the fairy castle role play and have been making beautiful crowns. The children have also been learning about our Royal family - especially Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
We had lots of cooking fun today making melted snowman biscuits.
I am extremely proud of all the children who took part in the nativity last week. Their signing, singing, dancing and acting was tremendous and I went home very proud to be their teacher. A big thank you to Mrs Jones, Mrs Hough and Rhiannon for their hard work too.
Well done to Alps class for an amazing performance of 'Stable Hoedown' in our Carol Service. We are very proud of you!
Christmas has arrived at Alps class today! We had a wonderful Christmas dinner with our buddies from the older classes followed by a visit from Father Christmas. He brought us all great joy and a wonderful story each. The children were so happy. Thank you Father Christmas!
Mr Pearson, a Fly-Be and stunt pilot came to visit our class today to talk about his amazing job. He kindly brought a flight cardboard control panel and excited the children with wonderful information on how to fly a plane. The children asked wonderful questions and have been enjoying playing in our role play area. Thank you to Mr Pearson for taking the time to visit our class. We are very grateful!
Today we had a huge adventure as we found snow, ice and snowflakes around our school! We followed the clues to find out a snowman had stayed the weekend and had even slept in Mr Westwood's office! He had left us a letter and inspired our wonderful writing wall.
Alp's class have been enjoying lots of exciting activities. We have been continuing with our number bonds by getting cars to land on different numbers that make 10. The year 1 children have been buying objects to make 20 in our class shop. We have had fun learning our phonics in paint and coloured rice and have been reading to the class individually. Well done Alp's class!
Alp's Class have been very lucky to hear some wonderful musical performances from our older children. The children listened beautifully and asked some great questions.
Alp's class have had a busy week at school. We have been using our outside area once more now the builders have finished. We have been planting potatoes, having fun with our reading on the new IWB and have had Mr Gayson treat us to a Marine bootcamp.
What a fantastic week we have had. I am a VERY proud teacher! We have learnt about Lady Seaward and drawn her portrait. We did wonderful writing wall work, lovely building creations, stunning artwork for Remembrance Day, great maths work and reading and a brilliant performance in church. Well done Alp's class- have a wonderful weekend!
We have been learning about how to keep healthy and germs. Charlotte and Sophie visited us to teach us about hand washing and the good bacteria in our tummy's and how to stop bad germs throughout the winter.
A big thank you to all the parents who came to our open morning today. The children had great fun showing you how they are learning their 2D and 3D shapes through our topic of transport.
Have a lovely weekend!
The end of our fantastic busy week!
We have had a lovely start to the new half term. The children have been busy learning their sounds and letters, going on shape hunts around the school and using our new white board! We have been enjoying playing in our new airport role play too. Thank you again to all the parents who came to our class celebration afternoon on the last Friday before half term.
The children took part in our wonderful Harvest festival this morning. They performed and signed beautifully and I am very proud of them all!
We have been learning our number bonds over the last few weeks and we have just crowned our first King and Queen of number bonds!
Our latest sounds and words
We have been learning these sounds and high frequency words this week.
Monday 16th October 2017. The reception children have been working so hard on their pencil grip and writing. We have also been making our designs for the new classroom out of duplo and bricks.
Thursday 12th October. Our Autumn walk to collect leaves and conkers.
Sounds and letters.
Our wonderful reception children have been learning these sounds.
Sounds and letters.
Our wonderful reception children have been learning these sounds.
Sounds and letters.
Our wonderful reception children have made these short films of the sounds we have been learning.
It has been a busy week in Alp's class. Thank you to all the parents who attended the phonics workshop. I hope it helped you to understand how phonics is taught in the school. The children have taken their maths learning outside this week. We have also been constructing diggers out of bricks, changing our writing area and performing digger poetry to the children in the school. Have a wonderful weekend and see everyone on Monday.
In our PE lesson we have been learning about how exercise keeps us healthy. We have been feeling our hearts before and after physical activity to see how they beat differently. We have also been learning yoga!
We have had great fun experimenting with magnets today!
We had our photograph taken in our lovely new library. Don't we look smart!
It has been an exciting start to the school year. We have a been doing many lovely activities from painting ourselves, going on materials walks, learning about how the new classroom is being built as well as learning our letters and sounds. Here a just a few of our exciting moments this week.
Our first week back at school.
In Maths, the Year 1 has worked hard to get to grips with teen numbers, as well as addition, while Reception has focussed on recognising numbers to 10. We have also had lots of fun measuring doors that mysteriously appeared on our tree overnight and finding out which one was the biggest cuddly toy on a trip to the nature garden.
This half of the Autumn Term we have spent time looking at traditional tales during our literacy sessions. We have then used the structure of these tales to help us write alternative endings or to include new characters.
At the beginning of this topic we all took a trip to Exeter's Northcott Theatre to watch 'The Snow Dragon'. For some of us this was the first time we had ever been to see a theatre production. It was brilliant and we just couldn't wait to get back to school to write all about it.
Alps Class used all of our acting skills this year to perform a truly spectacular Nativity. 'A Miracle in Town' dazzled the teachers and all of the parents. The children sang beautifully, and learnt all of their many lines. Well done!
Our Topic for Autumn 1 is:
We have enjoyed settling in to school life in Alps Class and exploring our topic. We have read lots of stories as a class and a strong favourite has been 'Room on the Broom'. We have been comparing our heights and even sorted ourselves from the tallest to the shortest. We have also made magic potions in the outside area and tried to only use full or half cups of our ingredients. This term we are covering animals including humans in our science sessions. We have been exploring our senses and thinking carefully about which part of our bodies we use in order to see, hear, taste, touch and smell.
We were very lucky and got to go and visit Darts Farm where we learnt lots about the vegetables that grow in their fields and were even read the wonderful story of 'Spookley the Square Pumpkin'.
Take a look at our photos to see what else we have been up to.
Spookley the Square PumpkinThis is the story of Spookley the Square Pumpkin. Watch at home and see how much your child can remember from the story.